Illegal Downloading – Is it Right?
Almost everyone in the world loves music. Thousands of people download all different types of music every single day. Being a huge music person myself, I am always listening to new music and even purchasing new music quite a bit. However, the method of downloading can be different for many people. For my own personal use, I normally use iTunes as a means for purchasing music. It is generally fast, easy to use and is somewhat cheap. Other times, I will use a site called Bandcamp. While it mostly caters to independent artists and bands, Bandcamp possesses multiple artists and albums. Like iTunes, it is also easy to use. Sometimes, bands will even offer their full-length albums or EPs for free! There is an option to name your own price for whatever you want to pay. But sometimes, people will often attempt to find these albums free of charge, regardless of the purchase price. I do not believe this way of downloading is the best way out there.
Personally, I do not think it is right to download songs and albums for free. I view this as stealing, which is against the law. Yeah, go ahead and call me a goody two-shoes or a pansy, but that’s how I feel. You could present the argument that the record companies steal from the artists. While in some aspects that may be true, you should still at least support the artist for their music. For example, sites like Bandcamp provide the artists more of the profit rather than the money going to Bandcamp directly. Many times, some albums on Bandcamp are cheaper than on iTunes or purchasing a physical copy from your local music store. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Not only is it wrong to download music for free, it can be harmful to your computer. Torrent sites possess thousands of free downloads, but at a cost. Some music files that you download could possess harmful viruses or malware to infect your computer’s performance. Is it really worth it to download music for free while running the risk of having your machine becoming infected with a malicious virus? Not only is there the risk of harming your computer, but you also run the risk of getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar. Jeff Stone, a writer at the International Business Times, reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been planting files on these websites that are likely to be downloaded. It seems as though these corporations are cracking down on illegal downloading. Yes, I realize the probability of actually getting caught for pirating music is slimmer than finding Waldo, but you see where I’m coming from.
Why don’t I illegal download music? It’s mostly due to the ethical reasons, but something else is involved here as well. Remember when you were a kid and you wanted the brand spankin’-new bike that every other kid your age had? What was the first thing you did when you wanted this bike? You ran to your parents for money, right? And instead of them just giving it to you, you had to earn the money, right? They wanted to teach you the value of a dollar. I believe the same principle applies with pirated music. Because I’m spending my hard earned cash on the music I love, I seem to appreciate it more. I truly believe when we work for something, we love it much, much more than it just being handed to us on a silver platter. These are my views on downloaded music. What’s your take?
Stone, Jeff. “How People Are Caught Illegally Downloading Music, Movie Torrents.”
International Business Times. International Business Times, 12 Sept. 2012. Web. 11 Apr.